Tuesday, November 27, 2012

In our garden with Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1802-1883), American poet and essayist, and champion of individualism

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Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote about  a variety of subjects, and he wrote very well. The 19th century American poet and essayist spent considerable time and effort focusing on and developing certain tenets about individuality and freedom, and about the relationship between the soul and surrounding world.

While Emerson's view about nature was more philosophical than naturalistic, I find much comfort in using his words to illustrate my photographs of our garden.

Below are a few of Emerson's word pictures that I've found joy in discovering and sharing. The themes of friendship, giving thanks and integrity are universal and go beyond borders.

Cheers, love and peace my dear readers.

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"The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him."

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

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"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."

Photograph of Pristine rose by Michael Dickens, copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

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